IN BRIEF

TARGET BIDS UP E-TRADE: Target Stores said Tuesday that it is extending its strategic alliance with online brokerage E-Trade, opening another 22 E-Trade Zones in SuperTarget discount stores for a total of 43 of the 400-square-foot banking centers in nine states. In April, Target agreed to open 21 E-Trade Zones and install 1,000 automated teller machines at the 900 Target and SuperTarget units nationwide.

SOFTWARE FOR SALE: Bidders will get a crack at the software licenses of defunct Montgomery Ward, slated to be auctioned off on Oct. 25, and at the enterprise software of the former retail giant, which will be put on the block Nov. 5. Bid4Assets is managing the Oct. 25 event, and Web Recycling Co., the Internet unit of liquidator Gordon Bros., is handling the November auction of software assets that cost Ward’s an estimated $100 million overall.